|Burlington Danes School Wins Environment Award|
While Council Wins the Wooden Spoon!
The Hammersmith Society has presented its Environment Award to new buildings at Burlington Danes School, Wood Lane in Shepherd's Bush.
In about 2000, an initial extension was added to the rear of the main building but more recently a series of further buildings have been added. These extensions form a campus for what is now the Burlington Danes Academy. They have been phased over about five years, and the last part of the jigsaw – name Thee Dennis Potter wing as he was a former pupil- has only just been completed and is being fitted out now, and will be formally opened in June.
The society's Conservation Award went to the restored St Paul’s Church on Hammersmith Broadway.
The society says: " After years of concealment under shrouds and the scaffolding, at the end of last year a beautifully clean and restored church was revealed.
" The committee praised the exceptional quality of the
The society says the committee did regret that there is still an irritating advertising hoarding facing the Broadway, and new construction hoardings have gone up around St Paul’s Green to allow the building of the new extension at the western end, but these are both temporary drawbacks.
As well as they very positive awards, the Hammersmith Society has also given out his feared Wooden Spoon Awards, for the ones that got it all wrong.
The first Wooden Spoon, for the second year running, went to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for its policy on Advertising Hoardings.
Last year, the society awarded a Wooden Spoon to the Council for its advertising hoarding beside the A4 which obliterates the view of the Ark from the flyover, and for allowing the extended advertising on St Paul’s Church and to the Apollo, not to mention the introduction of street banners.
The society says: " Since then, things have gone from bad to worse. The real new horrors are the two Towers beside the flyover which appeared over the last winter.
These towers are not only enormous, but they grow out of the ground below and these digital
" The Committee asked
whether this is really the way we want to introduce people to the Borough of Hammersmith?"
The awards were unveiled at the society's annual meeting, held at the offices of architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands at 22 St Peter's Square - itself a former award winner.
The Hammersmith Society's Environment Awards have now been running for 21 years. The Chair of the Hammersmith Society, Melanie Whitlock – who introduced the award scheme in 1989 - says: " It is all about widening interest in architecture, and increasing people’s awareness of their townscape.
" I would like to think that people might see the nominated entries in the paper, and next time they have a free afternoon go for a walk or bike ride round Hammersmith and see for themselves what they are like."